Literature and Culture

Casa Italiana offers also classes to enrich the knowledge of the Italian culture and literature. 

Each semester there is a new, fascinating course! From Italian movie classics to literary classics, to the study of characters that have made Italy what it is today, Casa Italiana's teachers will show you another side of the "Bel Paese".

by Aldo Cazzullo 

2021 marks 700 years since Dante’s death. Several new books have been written to celebrate this anniversary year. “A Riveder le Stelle” by Aldo Cazzullo was chosen  because the author has created a journey through the Italy that Dante created. After so many centuries, Cazzullo reminds us that Dante’s language – which is our Italian language – is still alive, beautiful, and harmonious. The “Commedia” that Boccaccio called “Divina” is the most beautiful poem ever written and should be read by everyone to understand where the Italian national identity was born. In addition to reading the book and discussions, we will have grammar and syntax exercises.

Tuition: $380 (12 weeks)

Sun. 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM;

Instructor: Liliana Lanzano

Starts: Sept. 19 – Dec.19

MERAVIGLIE by Alberto Angela

We accompany the author on a trip to discover the wonders of Italy, an itinerary which includes the Unesco World Heritage sites.

Tuition: $380 (12 weeks)


Sec. 1 Sun. 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM;

Instructor: Marisa Darvish

Starts: Sept. 19 – Dec.19


Tue. 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM;

Instructor: Marisa Darvish           

Starts: Sept. 21 – Dec. 07   


Selections from movies will provide the mature students with a rich overview of Italian history and society.  Discussions and role play will serve as a pretext for improving conversation skills and fluency, while analyzing the cultural and social aspects of the Italian lifestyle.  Grammar and syntax will be reviewed as necessary during class discussion. 

Movies: "La vita e’ bella di Roberto Benigni; "Mediterraneo" di Gabriele Salvatores; "La grande bellezza" di Paolo Sorrentino; e "Il gattopardo" di Luchino Visconti. 

Tuition: $380 (12 weeks)

Mon. 6:30 - 9:00PM;

Instructor: Ingrid Nifosi 

Starts: Sept. 20 – Dec. 13

The learning material will be provided by the course’s instructor


The Renaissance has profoundly influenced Western culture and is indissolubly linked with Italy and with Florence, which was its cradle. What better way to broaden your knowledge of Italian language and culture than to dialogue through the centuries with some of the most brilliant artists who made the Bel Paese an extraordinary laboratory of ideas and a great forge of beauty? In each session we will focus on the life and works of one of the following artists: Antonello da Messina, Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael and Titian.

The activities carried out in the classroom and at home will include listening, reading, discussions, and exercises. 

This class will be held in Italian and is aimed at intermediate/advanced students.

The learning material will be provided by the course's instructor.

Tuition: $190 (6 weeks)

Sat. 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Instructor: Laura Vinti

Starts: Oct. 23 – Nov. 27


This course aims to refine listening skills and fluency and to expand vocabulary for students who possess an advanced level of Italian. Through a selection of movies, documentaries, and independent videos, the course will discuss some historical, cultural, social, and linguistic aspects of Italy and its language. The course will adopt a conversational approach, however, grammar and syntax will be reviewed as necessary.


The learning material will be provided by the course’s instructor

Tuition: $380 (12 weeks)

Tues. 6:30 - 9:00 PM

Instructor: Elisa Sartore 

Starts Sept. 28 - Dec. 14